ERIC Number: ED345015
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1992-Jan
Reference Count: N/A
Asian Consumer Education Study: Korea. Summary of Findings.
Bannister, Rosella; Green, Hayden
The Asian Consumer Education Study was designed to gather information about the current status of consumer education in Korea. Conversations and informal interviews with 27 consumer leaders showed that, with the exception of academic specialists and consumer professionals in government, business, and community organizations, consumers gave little thought to consumer education and were not aware of its importance in a consumer-oriented marketplace. A movement was underway to organize a coalition of professionals and academics who would focus on consumer education. Consumer concepts were taught within courses at middle and high school levels. Curriculum specialists at the Ministry of Education revealed that instruction was theoretical and lacked important practical applications to current and emerging consumption issues. Teaching materials were somewhat limited. Teacher training in economics and life economics needed to be strengthened. Barriers to the development of consumer education were limited teacher preparation and updates, and lack of awareness of the benefits of consumer education. The study concluded that the time was right for cooperative initiatives between the United States and Korea to strengthen consumer education both within and across national boundaries. (Appendixes include the participant list, interview questions, classification of concepts chart, Ministry of Education curriculum charts, sample textbook table of contents, and newspaper article and photographs.) (YLB)
Descriptors: Citizen Participation, Consumer Education, Consumer Protection, Curriculum Development, Economics Education, Educational Cooperation, Educational Research, Foreign Countries, High Schools, Inservice Teacher Education, Institutional Cooperation, Instructional Materials, Junior High Schools, Networks, Preservice Teacher Education
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: American Express Foundation, New York, NY.
Authoring Institution: Eastern Michigan Univ., Ypsilanti. National Inst. for Consumer Education.
Identifiers: South Korea
Note: Photographs (four pages) will copy poorly.